by Jay Remer, the Etiquette Guy
One of the most rewarding activities many people enjoy now that the weather is warming up is taking their dogs for nice leisurely walks. The hurried cold winter walks are part of the past now, and joining friends to walk around town and catch up on local gossip is back on the schedule. I enjoy walking or cycling through town and seeing the greenery reappearing, the flowers dotting the many yards and the gardens beginning to show their forms. I know the small garden I have in front of my house is not much to see at the moment, but it does have a few perennials whose shoots are emerging from their winter's rest.
As I was walking down the sidewalk, I approached a lady with her dog who was standing squarely in the weed-covered patch, which is my garden.
By Bella the Boxer (with Ellen Galvin)
As a dog, I make a point of showing my appreciation all the time, and I’m often surprised that humans, well, don’t. In fact, I’ll bet that some humans say “good dog” more than they say “thank you” to their family, friends, bosses, clients, co-workers or employees. If gratitude is good for our own health and happiness, then passing it along to others in the form of appreciation is a win-win for everyone. So what is the problem?